I suppose this has been going on for ever and ever but I did have hopes that those in law enforcement be it the cop on the beat to the political appointees would have the best interests of the public at heart. After all they do take an oath upon assuming office.
However, this is not the case and it starts at the Attorney General himself who is a Wall Street lawyer who has refused to tackle those that were at the helm of the financial meltdown and the stain spreads to homeland security.
In 1985, I was seconded to work for an inter-agency office housed in the State Department and one day I was bemoaning the appointment of a political appointment to an office that I though required a person with a lot of background in the field. My NCOIC said “Major, don’t you understand that in jobs like this it is not professional qualifications that count but political loyalty.” This has never been so true as it is today and the following incident bears testimony to the fact.
“…A Republican congressman asked the Obama administration Friday why it delayed for weeks the arrest of a registered sex offender who was living illegally in the U.S. and working for a Democratic senator….” ‘…In that earlier case, the Homeland Security Department imposed an unusual directive days before the election requiring high-level approval before federal agents nationwide could arrest fugitive immigrants including Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father. The directive from ICE expressed concerns about “negative media or congressional interest,” according to a copy of that directive obtained by AP. The department lifted the immigration order weeks later…’
The reality is that the law is a political tool to be used in the service of those in power. If you are not represented by a constituency of the power elite then you can and most likely will feel the full impact of the law.